Linkinhorne Parish Church Minions on Bodmin Moor Henwood Village Centre Darleyford Village Upton Cross Primary School St Paul's Church, Upton Cross Rural views around Linkinhorne Village The Cheesewring near Minions Cornish Mining Heritage near Minions Parson's Meadow, Rilla Mill Water Wheel near St Melor's Well at Linkinhorne
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 Upton Cross Library -  Alternative Service

'Cornwall Council is in the process of considering an alternative library service solution in Upton Cross, we have had very encouraging and positive discussions with local organisations re the option of a micro library solution and whilst nothing has been finalised yet we are confident that we will get a permanent solution sorted within the next couple of months.

Although we have not had an expression of interest for devolution in Upton Cross and we would have to consider an alternative solution in any case, the need to vacate our current premises in Upton Cross Primary School has resulted in us having to move quicker than we would have anticipated.  In the interim we are providing a mobile stop, to ensure that customers in Upton Cross are not without a service whilst we finalise arrangements for a permanent solution.' (Communities and Organisational Development, Cornwall Council)

A mobile library stop will be taking place from 3.00pm - 5.00pm on Mondays: 5th and 19th September, 3rd, 17th and 31st October.  It will be parked as close to the school as possible with due regard for customers with reduced mobility.



Linkinhorne, a rural parish in South East Cornwall, stretches from the River Inny in the north-east to the expanses of Bodmin Moor in the west. The River Lynher meanders across the Parish through secluded valleys and by gently rolling fields.

The three largest villages are Minions, Rilla Mill and Upton Cross; there are also the settlements of Henwood, Linkinhorne and Bray Shop as well as dozens of other small hamlets such as Caradon Town, Downgate, Ley Mill, Plushabridge, etc.

The western parts of Linkinhorne parish lie on the eastern slopes of Bodmin Moor, an area of granite moorland, rising to over 380m above sea level at Sharptor, above the Cheesewring, a granite outcrop of apparently precariously balanced rocks. The highest village in the parish is Minions, at 302m asl.

Travelling east from the Moor, the land drops to the gentler hills and river valleys which cover most of the parish. Most of this land is agricultural or woodland; the climate is mild and rarely is there prolonged cold in the winter - snow and frost rarely lasting more than a day or two.

There are no major roads in the parish. Two classified roads, the B3254, running north-south and the B3257 running northwest-southeast cross the parish, providing road links to Launceston, Liskeard and Callington.

Surnames of Bodmin Moor - is yours one of these? If so you could form part of a genetic study.

I am a University of Leicester PhD student researching the male ancestry of surname history of the Bodmin Moor area, as part of my thesis on the history and population dynamics of Cornwall.  By studying the oldest and most localised surnames that have been in Bodmin Moor since the 1500s, my thesis will ask questions such as: to what extent did Bodmin Moor prevent or foster communication between the people in the surrounding areas? What about between these communities and other parts of Cornwall?

I will be visiting the area in September and I am looking for male volunteers with specific surnames and whose grandparents were born in the parishes surrounding the Moor, to provide a saliva sample so I can study the Y-chromosome variation of this part of Cornwall.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a scientific and historical study of a unique part of Cornwall, so if you're interested in participating or for further details and the list of surnames, please see my webpage at: or contact Jodie Lampert at  Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!